Perspective on Pregnant Running

Beach fun!

@ 37 weeks w/ baby #2 (2012)

I’m always asked if I notice any difference between my two pregnancies.  Physically, I’d say not at all.  I’m carrying almost the same (weight gain, how I look, the size of the babies)…But it’s hard to compare other aspects because the circumstances are so different – especially when it comes to running.  I was fortunate enough to work from home for most of my first pregnancy.   The last four months were spent at home.  I had the luxury of keeping my feet up, napping, and running when I felt was best for me.  I was able to log some high miles – especially during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

This pregnancy couldn’t be any more different.  Having an almost 20 month old toddler makes my day not really my own.  Since my chiropractor does not want me to run with the running stroller until after the baby is born (to prevent my PPP from returning), I am limited to run either first thing in the AM or late at night when my husband is home.  I *can* run on the treadmill when my son is napping, but I have been really trying to nap (or at least keep my feet up) when he naps otherwise I’m exhausted by 3 or 4pm.

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    Happy Bump Day (37 weeks)!!


    Today marks the start of my 37th week…one more week until I’m considered full term! The last two weeks have been exponentially better than the 5-6 – partially because I’m able to run again, partially because I feel more prepared for the arrival of #2, and partially because I know how close I am to the end!!

    Energy level: Although I feel great and have a ton more energy than I was expecting, last week was one of the most physically demanding ever.  In case you were wondering – planning a vacation to the beach while you are 36 weeks pregnant is NOT the smartest idea and I would highly recommend not doing it!  It wouldn’t have been nearly as tough if my husband was able to take the whole week off, but a few emergencies popped up last minute and he had to go to work three of the days.  It also wouldn’t have been as tough if my son were not going through a very clingy stage right now that required me to carry him from the condo we were staying in to the beach, and all the way to where we set up our blanket – all while holding a cooler of water and snacks and a beach bag with towels, clothes, and toys.  By the end of each day, I felt like I was barely able to stand up straight.

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      Gestational Diabetes

      Just a quick recap…A few weeks ago, I < barely>  failed my first glucose test.  My OB-GYN and I assumed the high number was a fluke (and likely caused by the ton of fruit and some chocolate I had eaten right before the test).   I found out last week that it wasn’t a fluke because I failed the 3-hr test (which requires fasting).

      So what does this mean for me?  I am now on a strict diet and starting today, will be checking my sugar levels 4x/day (when I first wake up and 2 hours after each meal) to ensure that I can keep the numbers in check.  If I can do that, then I will not need any medication.

      My primary OB-GYN (midwife) has shown some concern about the diet given my lack of weight gain recently.  At my last appointment, I had put on a total of 16 pounds (about 6 pounds less than I had put on by this point in my first pregnancy).  And I actually have lost a bit of weight the last few weeks.  Note: I believe that the loss of weight is likely tied to my lack of exercise – six weeks of ZERO running has caused my muscle mass in my legs to decrease).  However, my midwife is concerned because the diet I need to follow severely limits what my diet mostly consists of – fruit and carbohydrates.  So I need to closely monitor my weight as well to ensure that it doesn’t start drastically dipping. 

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        Happy Bump Day! (35 weeks)


        Another two weeks have come and gone and with it comes lots of updates regarding Pumpkin and I.

        Glucose test – First the bad news.  I have developed gestational diabetes (GD).  I feel somewhat embarrassed saying it aloud.  I’ve had this preconceived notion that you develop GD if you are unhealthy, overweight, and/or inactive (because that is typically who is affected).   I won’t go into detail about GD in this post (check back tomorrow), but suffice to say I’m bummed.

        Running – I was hoping to have better news to share with you here.  I went for a run on Saturday. The first mile was pain-free – I was so happy I was fighting back the tears.  It felt SO good to be out running again, to be sweating again…but then the pain returned.  It wasn’t excruciating – but it was a lot like the last time I had run (when I stupidly pushed through the pain and ended up not being able to walk for weeks), so I stopped.  I continued to feel a bit of pain for 3-4 days afterwards.  I’m at the point now where I’ve all but resigned myself to not running til after Pumpkin is born.  I’m not really okay with it – but there’s not much I can do.  BUT, the good news is that I went to the gym today and biked for 30 minutes – with NO pain!  It was fantastic.  I am still riding the endorphin high from the workout.  So, my new plan is to get into crazy biking shape over the next ~5-6 weeks!  Perfect for the IronMan I plan to do next summer!! 

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          Running through Pregnancy – Part 4 – the 3rd Trimester

          This is the 4th installment in a series of posts related to Running Through Pregnancy (Part 1Part 2, Part 3)


          Running during the third trimester was like being on a rollercoaster – some days I felt great and could run 8-10 miles; other days I had to stop and walk after 2-3.  I quickly learned to enjoy and be thankful for the good days and not let the “bad” days get me down.

          My pace continued to slow down – my “easy” runs were probably between 9-10 min/mile.  I say probably because I stopped wearing my garmin on my runs – I found that I was concentrating too much on the number on my wrist instead of more important things like maintaining my balance. I wanted the runs to be relaxing and enjoyable and didn’t want to feel disheartened when I felt like I was pushing myself only to look down and see a pace I was not accustomed to running. On average, I ran between 20-30 miles/week during the last trimester.  My “long” runs were between 8-10 miles until week 34; after that they decreased to 6-8 miles.  Thankfully, I was able to run up until the day before I went into labor – I had gone on a slow, easy 5-mile run outside on Friday and by noon on Saturday was in labor!

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